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    Question Debt

    Does the uncountable "debt" have a meaning of all "debts" owed by a person/entity?

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    Re: Debt

    Quote Originally Posted by EverLivingPoet View Post
    Does the uncountable "debt" have a meaning of all "debts" owed by a person/entity?
    He's in serious debt = he owes a lot of money. That could be made up of one large debt or lots of little debts but as a general description of his financial situation, the uncountable "debt" will suffice.

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    Question Re: Debt

    So, one could uncountably "have debt" to pay off?

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    Re: Debt

    Quote Originally Posted by EverLivingPoet View Post
    So, one could uncountably "have debt" to pay off?
    He has a lot of debts.
    He is in a lot of debt.

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    Re: Debt

    Is "He has too much debt to pay off" acceptable?

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    Re: Debt

    Yes.

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    Re: Debt

    So then, "He has debt to pay off" could be acceptable by extension?

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    Re: Debt

    Acceptable, I'd say, but you're much more likley to hear it with a quanitifer: He has some/very little/a lot of/so much debt.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Debt

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Acceptable, I'd say, but you're much more likley to hear it with a quanitifer: He has some/very little/a lot of/so much debt.
    What's a "quanitifer"?!! Actually, I love it as a word. I'm going to invent a definition for it and start using it.

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    Re: Debt

    Crap! Ever since I changed browsers, I lost my little built-in spell checker. I need to remember to always use that functionality on this site itself. Without those little red lines, I'm lost!!

    Quantifier. Sorry!
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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